High wind warning is still in effect; power outages possible

December 20, 2008

NEW — 3:26 p.m. Dec. 20, 2008

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning that is in effect until 1 p.m. Sunday. The forecast is calling for snow and ice in the city over the next 24 hours as well. Read more

Deep freeze sets new natural gas usage record

December 20, 2008

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Dec. 20, 2008

The continued cold weather with below-freezing temperatures pushed Puget Sound Energy’s customer natural gas usage to a new record high Dec. 19, surpassing the one set earlier this week.

PSE has sufficient supplies of electricity and natural gas to meet this week’s exceptional demand. Anticipating this weekend’s high winds and cold temperatures, crews and employees are on alert to respond to any customer electric outages or natural gas emergencies. Read more

High winds are coming; prepare now for power outages

December 19, 2008

UPDATED — 1:31 a.m. Dec. 19, 2008

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday to 4 p.m. Sunday. This warning upgrades the high wind watch, which had been in effect.

Residents and local officials in the warned area should be prepared for widespread damage and power outages that could last for more than a week.

People need to prepare now for major disruption resulting from this windstorm. Be sure to have enough supplies on hand to last for several days should you be stranded at home. By late Saturday morning, it may be too late to prepare.

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The top 10 must-have items for surviving winter power outages

December 19, 2008

NEW — 1:39 p.m. Dec. 19, 2008

You can never be too careful in making sure you are prepared for the winter power outages. Depending on how much damage is done by a storm, your power could be out for several hours to several days. Here is a list from the CampSafe Coalition of “must-have” items to ensure that you and your family are safe during those long power outages: Read more

Issaquah Community Center sledding / Dec. 18, 2009

December 18, 2008

Snow closes schools, city events and activities

December 18, 2008

Driving is treacherous, police say

UPDATED — 2:47 p.m. Dec. 18, 2008

Forecasts predict more snow could fall in Issaquah throughout the evening commute. Officials are advising people to stay home, if possible. Those who need to drive should prepare for winter driving conditions throughout the city.

Currently, no roads are closed in Issaquah. If roads are closed at a later time, they will be indicated on this online map.

City crews will focus on clearing Issaquah’s priority routes first, and then address side streets as conditions allow. Get maps of Issaquah’s snow priority routes here.

Drivers who get stuck in snow or ice should not abandon their vehicles in an area that would block traffic. Those vehicles will be towed. Read more

Closings, cancellations announced because of forecast

December 17, 2008

UPDATED — 2:45 a.m. Dec. 17, 2008

Forecasts are predicting snow for Issaquah today.

The city of Issaquah’s Public Works Operations team has pretreated many roads in the city — including those located in the higher elevations and along major routes — with anti-icing material.

Officials are warning drivers to prepare for winter driving conditions.

The city of Issaquah now has a new Web page dedicated to local winter weather information. Read more

White House tree has local ornament

December 15, 2008

Issaquah artist’s design selected

Issaquah native Kimberley Dodd created this ornament, now hanging on the White House Christmas tree. Contributed

Issaquah native Kimberley Dodd created this ornament, now hanging on the White House Christmas tree. Contributed

Everyone knows that the fame of Issaquah residents reaches around the world, but now it reaches right into the White House, too.

Kimberley Dodd, an Issaquah native, was selected to produce an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. Read more

Belting out ‘Jingle Bells’

December 15, 2008

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Sabina Gaudiano belts out ‘sleigh,’ the last word of ‘Jingle Bells,’ with Misha Tokumi and Emily Robinson, as their Issaquah Valley Elementary School choir sings for residents Dec. 12 at Áegis Senior Inn of Issaquah. ‘They did such a beautiful job. It just lifts you up,’ resident Bonnie Dauron said after the show. Sixty children in kindergarten through fifth grade, performed in two groups, with their parents bringing refreshments. Photo by By Greg Farrar.

Final attendance boundaries set for district schools

December 15, 2008

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen approved new school boundaries for the district Dec. 11. 

“Today, I am pleased to officially adopt the committee’s final recommendation for implementation in the fall of 2010,” he wrote in a letter to the community. Read more

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